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Jake Hager Wants Fight With Fedor Emelianenko, Josh Barnett Responds

July 8, 2021 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Jake Hager AEW Dynamite Image Credit: AEW/Twitter

Jake Hager and Josh Barnett are feuding on Twitter after Hager expressed his displeasure at not getting a shot at fighting Fedor Emelianenko. Hager, who competes for Bellator in addition to his AEW work, posted to Twitter on Thursday explaining how he “really honestly believe[s] that” the fight with Emelianenko is his and that “It’s been my fight since I came to Bellator.” He referenced an interview he did with MMA Fighting recently where he said:

“Just because I have a shorter career doesn’t mean I’m not as worthy. I have a bigger following, I have more excitement behind me, and I have a brighter future than all of those guys. So give it to me Scott [Coker], because I’m the one that you’re going to build this company on, not those guys that are just coming in for a one-and-done. I’m here for the next 10 years. Let’s go.”

Barnett took to Twitter to reply, writing:

“No, it’s not. Having more followers doesn’t mean anything in terms of merit or skill in the ring. You’re a green boy who fights rookies. You don’t even belong in the conversation. Stick to AEW and getting in a few fights before you eventually lose and then quit.”

The two then went back and forth again, with Hager referencing Barnett’s violations for banned substances and Barnett suggesting that if he wants to get a fight against the likes of Emelianenko, Hager should “start putting needles in your ass so that you might show some real talent in the cage. May even give you enough fortitude to not b**ch out from a nut shot while you’re wearing a cup.”